Guide To Our Services
One-on-one counseling is available with experienced and credentialed Career Counselors to assist you with exploring your options, narrowing your focus, and/or creating an individualized career development plan (CDP). We have numerous resources available to facilitate your career decision-making and development. Make an appointment today and we’ll get the process started.
Job Shadowing/Informational Interviews
Job shadowing provides you with an opportunity to get a feel for a particular work environment and to conduct an informational interview. A job shadow is typically a one day experience that:
- Gives you an opportunity to "test the waters" within your chosen field
- Helps you expand your own professional network
Schedule an appointment with your Career Development Coordinator by calling the Career Services Center at 660-543-4985 to discuss job shadow experience(s) that may be helpful to you.
Practice Interview Sessions
Videotaped practice (mock) interview sessions allow you the opportunity to role-play a job interview with a career professional, during which you review, receive feedback on, and sharpen your interviewing skills.
- Know yourself interests, skills, strengths, weaknesses and goals.
- Dress professionally and bring a copy of your resume.
- Plan ahead! Appointments are limited and can fill early. Schedule by calling Career Services, 660-543-4985.
- Mock interviews are generally 60 minutes in length; including 10-15 minutes of feedback.
- A great opportunity for your resume to be reviewed as well.
Employer Practice Interview Sessions
Employer Practice (mock) interview sessions allow you the opportunity to role-play a job interview with an industry professional, during which you review, receive feedback on, and sharpen your interviewing skills.
- Dress professionally and bring a copy of your resume.
- Plan ahead! Appointments are limited and can fill early. Schedule by logging into your HireRed account.
- Interview timeslots are granted on a first come first serve basis.
You gain exposure by allowing Career Services to send your resume directly to employers through resume referrals. Employers also access resumes via the Career Services web site.
Also, through your HireRed account, you will receive information about employer events, access job vacancies, review employer information, along with other career related services.
To access work study, part time, internships, and full time opportunities 24 hours a day, go to HireRed.
Career Development Plan
To assist you with your progression throughout your college experience, the Career Services Center has developed a Career Development Plan Checklist that is customized for you. The purpose of the checklist is to provide you with guidance as you progress through your college experience. Each time you meet with your Career Development Coordinator, you will be guided down the path that is right for you. We will help you build your brand, refine job search skills, and much more.
The purpose of an internship is to gain experience that integrates classroom theory with practical application in a supervised work setting.
Completing an internship in your field of study will:
- Allow you to develop and enhance your professional skills
- Help you to expand on your professional network
The more relevant, hands-on experience you have, the better equipped you'll be able to make informed career decisions, and the more appealing you will be to prospective employers. Internships can be paid or unpaid, non-credit or credit (if you gain approval from your faculty over the course of a semester or throughout the summer months).
Once registered with HireRed, schedule an appointment with your Career Development Coordinator for internship search assistance by calling 660-543-4985.
Career Events & Workshops
The Career Services Center sponsors career events and workshops throughout the academic year to help you explore career issues, plan your career search and make contact with potential employers.
Nearly 600 employers visit UCM annually to recruit candidates for full-time, internship, part-time, and summer positions.
Your Career Development Coordinator will send you email notifications of opportunities to sign-up for interviews and employer
visits via your HireRed account.
Interview Tips and Questions
Students seeking employment in the field of education may self-manage their credential file. A self-managed credential file is the name given to the employment file used by candidates seeking jobs in education. This file consists of several documents that are collected, maintained, administered, and sent by you directly to prospective school districts. Self-managing allows candidates to have 100% control of managing the file. Candidates must collect, organize and submit the desired documents.
Graduate School Information:
Deciding to go to graduate school is a complex process, with many factors to consider.Graduate school is a major commitment of several years, money, intense coursework and research, and is much more demanding than your undergraduate program. Examine your personal motivations and educate yourself about graduate school; both are essential to making an informed decision.
Policies and Procedures:
Each individual who registers with the Career Services Center assumes an obligation to abide by the policies and procedures set forth by the Office, as well as the rules and regulations prescribed by the University of Central Missouri
Students have an obligation to know and follow the policies of the Career Services Center. These include but are not limited to the following:
Honesty in all endeavors is essential to the functions of the Career Services Center. Individuals found to have provided false or misleading information on their web registration account face disciplinary action by the University. Falsifying information includes but is not limited to grade point average, graduation date, work experience, work authorization, etc.
Assaulting, striking, intimidating, or in any way threatening the well being of any of the Career Services Center staff is strictly prohibited.
Destroying, vandalizing, stealing, or damaging the property of the Career Services Center is strictly prohibited.
Misuse of computing resources contained within the Career Services Center is strictly prohibited. All computers contained in the Career Library are reserved for career-related use only (e.g., resume construction, web registration account, Internet career-related sites, employer research, etc.).
The student is responsible for providing the Career Services Center with a professional style resume. If a student refuses to make recommended changes to a resume on the student database, the student account will be suspended until an acceptable resume has been placed on the student web registration account.
Any student facing disciplinary action will receive notification of such action within five (5) business days of the act (level 1). After receipt of the written notification, the student has five (5) business days to take appropriate action. If corrective action is not taken, the student acknowledges acceptance of the disciplinary action.
- If a student disagrees with the disciplinary action, the student must schedule an appointment with the Director of the Career Services Center.
At this meeting (level 2), if the matter is not resolved to both parties’ satisfaction, then a written statement should be submitted to the Director of Career Development Services within five (5) business days (level 3). At this meeting (level 3), should the matter not be resolved to each party’s satisfaction, then the matter will be referred to the Vice Provost of Student Experience and Engagement (level 4).
- At all levels the burden of proof as to the allegations of the complaint shall rest upon the student. Any questions regarding the policies and procedures of the Office should be directed to a Career Development Coordinator in the Career Services Center.
In an effort to maintain positive relations between employers recruiting Central students, the Career Services Center, and the University of Central Missouri, it is necessary for all patrons (students, alumni, etc.), as well as university staff members/students employed by the Career Services Center, to maintain the highest level of professionalism and integrity when interacting with and providing information to employers.
The Career Services Center at the University of Central Missouri in its provision of services to students, alumni, and off-campus employers makes no representations or guarantees regarding the opportunities listed on its website, bulletin boards, print materials, and other resources, and is not responsible for the wages, safety, working conditions, or other aspects of off-campus employment. It is the responsibility of the students and alumni to take the necessary precautions when interviewing for and accepting part-time/full-time employment and participating in volunteer activities.
In addition, the Career Services Center has provided links to Internet websites that are maintained by third parties, over which the Career Services Center has no control. The Board of Governors of the University of Central Missouri and the Career Services Center are not responsible or liable for the content, products, services, or other materials on or made available through the web links to other websites. The opinions and views associated with the web sites are not necessarily those of UCM or the Career Services Center. UCM and the Career Services Center shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any direct or indirect damage or loss caused by or in connection with use of or reliance on any such content, products, or services available on or through such sites.
The UCM Career Services Center encourages and permits links to content published on the Career Services website. However, any linking should not (1) implicitly or explicitly suggest that UCM endorses any third party’s causes, ideas, website content, products, or services, or (2) use Career Services content for inappropriate commercial purposes. The Career Services Center reserves the right to withdraw permission for any link. Please forward any concerns regarding links and/or disabled links to firstname.lastname@example.org
Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO):
UCM and the Career Services Center adhere to applicable federal and state EEO laws, regulations, standards, and guidelines, and offer employment information without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, citizenship, or identity as a military veteran, unless legally required. Furthermore, in good faith, the Career Services Center works only with those employers who subscribe to EEO guidelines. With regard to professional conduct of job seekers, employers and career centers throughout the recruiting process, the Career Services Center abides by the principles set forth by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).
By agreeing to the terms and conditions when logging into your HireRed account, students and alumni and others who use the system are agreeing to allow their personal and professional information, e.g., name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, degree, etc., they provide, to be accessed by UCM's Career Services and approved employers seeking candidates for full-time/internship/part-time positions and volunteer opportunities.
Third Party Recruiter Policy:
In accordance with the NACE principles, the practice of the Career Services Center is to educate students regarding a wide variety of job search strategies, including third party employment services. Individuals can then determine whether utilizing these services will be of benefit to them. The Career Services Center does not investigate, endorse, or recommend any third party employment services.
By participating in these services, organizations agree that they will adhere to applicable federal and state EEO laws, regulations, standards, and guidelines, as well as the appropriate principles set forth by NACE, in all recruiting activities; that no fee will be charged to any candidate at any time; and that organizations will not disclose resumes or other applicant information under any circumstances to other entities without the applicant’s prior written consent. The Career Services Center reserves the right to discontinue services to students, alumni, and employers who have violated EEO and NACE guidelines.